On December 9th, the first edition of the 2020 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships will feature pro cyclists from around the world. The action can be followed live as the riders compete on a dedicated circuit from the Watopia course on Zwift.
Where to Watch
On the 9th of December, the world’s best cyclists take to the start line of the inaugural UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. You can watch both the Men’s and Women’s elite races from 14:00 UTC/GMT.
Key Riders to Watch
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa) – former South African road race champion, Ashleigh has been converted to indoor riding in 2020 and is now a regular Zwifter. She was the strongest performer during the Tour for All, winning every stage she started. Ashleigh followed that success by winning the Queen Stage of the Virtual Tour de France on Mont Ventoux A longer finish climb may have been preferred, but don’t count her out.
Lauren Stephens (USA) – Lauren was a multiple stage winner at the Virtual Tour de France, winning on the virtual Champs-Élysées while wearing yellow for her Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank team. With a strong sprint finish, Lauren will certainly be one to watch.
Kristen Kulchinsky (USA) – another esports specialist and now riding for team Twenty20 on the road in the USA.
Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) – winner of both the women’s individual time trial and road race world championships this year, could Anna add a third rainbow jersey to her collection this year?
Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) – Annemiek van Vleuten is one of the stand-out riders of her generation. She has enjoyed a strong season on the road in 2020. She attempted to defend her road race title this year with a broken wrist, unbelievably finishing second behind her compatriot. Another fiercely competitive rider and one never afraid to take the race on solo.
Women Competing for the United States
Lionel Vujasin (Belgium) – An esports specialist who races for the Canyon Esports team. Lionel has also recently been selected for the Zwift Academy finals where he will fight for a contract with Alpecin-Fenix next season. Lionel will be very dangerous.
Lionel Sanders (Canada) – Our second Lionel. Sanders is one of the best long-course triathletes in the world and is famous for doing most of his training indoors using Zwift – favoring training indoors over the open road. With the season largely cancelled this year, Lionel has been doing a lot of racing on Zwift. He recently took the Canadian Hour Record and is in great shape for the bike and knows Zwift.
Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) – Tom has tasted success on Zwift in the past. One of the most exciting young riders of his generation – Tom is a multi-discipline specialist like Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. The uphill finish on the Forward Q/KOM will suit.
Alberto Bettiol (Italy) – Bettiol shot to fame last year when he won the Tour of Flanders. Since then, he’s proven himself a solid classics rider and was a strong competitor during the Virtual Tour de France.
Men Competing for the United States